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Top 10 North American Gravel Fondos 2023

There are a handful of gravel rides that have shaped this new genre of cycling, invented in the U.S. Midwest nearly 20 years ago which has spread globally

Perhaps the greatest appeal is the adventure inherent in riding 100 or more miles – and not for prize money but for pride. Because most gravel rides are unsupported, you're on your own dealing with the weather, broken roads, or broken bikes. As one "grinder" puts it, there's none of that "happy bullshit with team cars and stuff."

The established North American gravel rides are weekend long festivals attracting thousands of riders with inclusivity encouraged for all ages, juniors and the LGBTQ community.

Equality reigns, all genders in the North America ride the same distance as men.

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#1 Garmin UNBOUND Gravel p/b Craft Sportswear

The original grinder in the Flint Hills that kick-started a whole new genre of cycling. The Ultimate Bucket-List Gravel Fondo

There are a handful of Gravel Fondos that have shaped this new genre of cycling, invented in the U.S. Midwest over 16 years ago, along with the likes of events like Trans Iowa and the Almanzo 100.

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#2 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

Summer Camp for adults who like bikes, mountains, river swims and making life-long friends!

The state of Oregon on the United States’ “Wild West” coast has arguably some of “the best” gravel roads in the world. The Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder has firmly established itself as the “Grand Tour of Gravel” with gravel enthusiasts around the world.

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#3 Belgian Waffle Ride California

The most unique cycling event in the U.S., the Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR

Created as an extremely challenging race in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, BWR is an unusually difficult race. This is the original. It’s diabolical; the Hell of the West (Coast).

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#4 BMC Rock Cobbler

The Ride, the Food, the Prizes, the stupidly hard route. The glorious euphoric pain, the rocks, the dirt, the mud. Gravel ride? Sorta! 

The “Cobbler” as it’s commonly known is scheduled for February 11, 2023, in Bakersfield, California. The Rock Cobbler is a stupidly hard ride conceived by Mad Men on barstools in the dark hours of the night.

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#5 Garmin Gravel Worlds ® p/b Lauf

15 years keeping the true spirit of grassroots gravel alive, with no support - just you, your bike and what you start with

The event started out as a group of friends in 2008 who loved riding and just wanted to play bikes without all the rules.  Like kids on a playground they made up our own rules and the nickname the Pirate Cycling League stuck.

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#6 Barry Roubaix

It's the largest Gravel bike race in the world, and put Hastings, Michigan on the map with incredible support from the local community, volunteers and businesses

One of the world’s most popular gravel races and an event welcoming of all cyclists. Over 4,000 cyclists kick-start their season every 3rd Saturday in April. The 15th edition takes place on April 15th 2023.

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#7 Rebecca’s Private Idaho Sun Valley

Spent legs, new friends, an irresistible urge to return and a healthy dose of Idaho hospitality. Don’t forget to pack your party boots. Giddy Up!

Rebecca's Private Idaho, rated one of the gravel grinders in the world, and is your exclusive invitation to wild, rugged Idaho backcountry experienced by the lucky few. The 11th edition takes place August 30th – September 3rd 2023.

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#8 SBT GRVL p/b Wahoo

Quiet roads surrounding the thriving resort town of Steamboat Springs create a setting for an incredible gravel bike race with a huge prize purse

Hitting the gravel scene in 2019, Colorado’s first large-scale gravel event, sold out for its inaugural year within seven days of registration opening. The cycling community has been buzzing about the new two-day event, which boasts three courses of beautiful, high-altitude gravel roads winding through Steamboat Springs, CO.

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#9 The Mid South

One of founding fathers of American Gravel, the event has grown to a 3-4 day festival in Stillwater, Oklahoma attracting nearly 4,000 riders

Land Run 100 now known as The Mid South is one of the founding fathers of gravel. It started way back 2012 when the guys from District Bicycles in Stillwater, OK put together a 100 mile route and invited their friends to come ride. The next edition takes place March 9-11, 2023.

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#10 TransRockies Gravel Royale p/b Felt

The 2nd edition of Canada’s Premiere Gravel Stage Race takes place August 28-31st 2023 in British Columbia

The inaugural 2021 TransRockies Gravel Royale presented by Felt gravel stage race saw 200 athletes from eight countries and 22 states and provinces take part.

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